Bulandshahr: Sub Inspector Suresh Kumar, an eyewitness in the killing of Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and a youth in mob violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr over alleged illegal cow slaughter, claimed that around 300-500 people had attacked the entire police force.

“The crowd jammed the road and started throwing stones at the police. There were around 300-500 people. The entire police force was attacked. I got hurt myself and after that, I don’t know what happened,” Kumar told news agency ANI.

“The police got information about the incident and reached the spot. After reaching the spot we saw remains of cattle and told people that we will send the same for post-mortem. It was a situation of chaos, out officials noted the statements of people. But all of them were saying different thing. We tried to make them understand but failed,” he added.

Furthermore, he told that Singh was like an elder brother to him and was a nice man.

Singh and 20-year-old Sumit died of gunshot injuries as a rampaging mob protesting alleged illegal cow slaughter torched a police post in Bulandshahr and clashed with cops on Monday evening.

Additional Director General (Meerut zone) Prashant Kumar said the protestors from Mahaw village and nearby areas pelted stones on police and indulged in arson, setting ablaze several vehicles and Chingarwathi Police Chowki, after some body parts of cows were found in a jungle near the village, prompting the police to open fire.

Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh, who was posted at Siana Police Station, suffered a gunshot injury in addition to wounds from hard and blunt objects, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Anand Kumar said, citing the post-mortem report.

Inspector Singh was investigating officer in the Akhlaq lynching case of Dadri between September 28, 2015 and November 9, 2015, he said, replying to queries from reporters.

As tension prevailed in the area following the violence that lasted nearly three hours, the Uttar Pradesh government deployed additional police, including over 1,000 personnel of anti-riot forces, and ordered multiple probes by SIT, ADG-Intelligence and a magisterial inquiry.

Expressing grief over the incident, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who is in Rajasthan for election campaign, said strict action will be taken against the guilty after the probe reports are received.

In Lucknow, the Uttar Pradesh government announced a total of Rs 50-lakh assistance to the kin of Inspector Singh. The government said Rs 40 lakh would be given to his wife and Rs 10 lakh to his parents.